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ROYALS DROP FOURTH IN A ROW, LOSE TO TOLEDO

Monday, 02.13.2006 / 12:13 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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ROYALS DROP FOURTH IN A ROW, LOSE TO TOLEDO
Reading , PA – The Reading Royals (27-12-6=60) gave up an early goal and battled back twice from one goal deficits, but Reading was unable to pull off the come back, as Toledo picked up a late third period goal and an empty netter to beat the Royals, 4-2. This afternoon's loss snapped Reading 's eight game unbeaten streak and dropped the team's record to 0-5-0 on Sundays this season.

The Storm struck early when a defensive zone turnover resulted in a clean shot from point blank range for Toledo 's Bracken Kearns, who buried the chance low stick side on Royals' goaltender, Yutaka Fukufuji 1:40 into the game. The Royals responded with a power play goal on their first chance with the man advantage in the game.

Reading worked the puck to the right side of the net, where Eric Werner, who had stepped up from his defensive slot, took control. Werner passed the puck to the top of the crease where Doug Christiansen was planted. Christiansen partially fanned on his shot, but the puck went off of his stick and slid to the right side of the crease, where Dany Roussin quickly stuffed the puck in for his seventeenth goal of the season at the 6:48 mark of the first.

Toledo came right back with a power play goal of their own, however, as Ken McGowan fed Scooter Smith in front of the Royals' net. Smith had plenty of time and space to rip the puck under the bar glove side on Fukufuji to give the Storm a 2-1 lead.

After a scoreless second, the Royals tied things again at the 10:39 mark of the third, when Jeff State sprang Roussin with a brilliant blue line to blue line pass. Roussin bolted behind the Toledo defense and roofed a sniper's special on Bryan Worosz, the goaltender for the Storm, for his second goal of the game and his eighteenth of the season. Again, however, the Storm came back to take the lead–this time for good–when Gerry Burke took a shot from the left wing point that the Royals' Chris Barr blocked with his mid-section. The puck fell to Barr's feet where Toledo 's Mike James quickly hacked it through the traffic in front of the goal and into the net to give Toledo a 3-2 lead with 6:58 remaining.

The Royals attempted to muster the come back down the stretch, but Toledo 's Chris Blight added an empty netter with 23 seconds left to take the wind out of the Sovereign Center faithful and give the Storm a 4-2 win.